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Reform Think Tank sets out a starting point for Michael Gove’s proposed prison league tables, highlights lack of reliable data especially for private prisons

Can payment by results improve outcomes?

The idea is that by commissioning outcomes rather than outputs, commissioners allow provider to work in any way they see fit, safe in the knowledge that if the outcomes are not achieved, they do not have to make payment. But do PbR schemes achieve better outcomes?

It’s time we did something about commissioning

Reform argues that the current system does not encourage innovation or quality. Whether provision is public or private it is typically a local monopoly with limited or no incentives to improve performance. Too often national and local commissioners prioritise price over effectiveness.

The 2nd Commandment of payment by results: Thy outcomes shall be few

Most payment by results pilot schemes are targeted at entrenched social problems. These problems – troubled families, long term unemployment, re-offending and drug dependency – are complex by nature. They require a coordinated response which addresses a wide range of issues. PbR funded interventions are a natural commissioning approach to tackle complex problems. However, PbR schemes quickly run into trouble when the outcomes themselves become complex.

Is payment by results rocket science?

0000012 things I learnt from the Policy Exchange PbR Event Policy Exchange hosted a payment by results event on Monday (4 March 2013) to follow up the publication of their PbR and Justice report (reviewed here). There was an impressive line-up of speakers including: Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary Jeremy Wright, Minister for Prisons & Rehabilitation Probation Chiefs Heather Munro & Sarah Billiald Voluntary Sector Chief Execs Paul McDowell (NACRO) & Rob Owen (St Giles …

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Eight ways to muck up payment by results … and a few ways to improve it

00000Toby Eccles is the founder and Development Director at Social Finance. This post originally appeared on Toby’s personal website. You can follow Toby on Twitter @tobyecc Eight ways of mucking up outcomes based contracts Payment by results has been getting a lot of grief recently. Some of it deserved. The compulsion for revolution rather than evolution, and poor contracting and procurement practice have combined to create a heavily loss making industry that is not generating outcomes. …

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Are the PbR drug recovery pilots “a sledgehammer to crack a nut?”

00000In this latest in a series of short video interviews on payment by results, Nicola Singleton from the UK Drug Policy Commission gives her views on PbR and drug recovery. Nicola was involved in the co-design stage of the PbR drug recovery pilots and thinks that PbR has potential but questions whether it is the right vehicle for the long term, personalised outcomes that characterise recovery from drug dependency. You can keep up with UKDPC’s …

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How should we measure recovery from addiction?

00000Measuring recovery The biggest challenge of the drug recovery payment by results pilots has been agreeing a simple but robust measurement system to report on whether new approaches to drug treatment are successful in helping problem drug users stay clean and lead constructive and fulfilling lifestyles. There was an extensive public consultation about what these outcome metrics should be and, even though they have recently been updated, it’s far from clear whether they will work in …

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Roma Hooper of Make Justice Work sees commissioning as the key issue for payment by results

00000In this latest in a series of short video interviews on payment by results, Roma Hooper, founder of Make Justice Work, gives her views on PbR in the criminal justice sector. Roma argues that setting a level playing field for large and small organisations and making sure that commissioning does not squeeze out innovation are the main issues to get right if PbR is to improve the effectiveness of initiatives tackling re-offending. Do you agree? Make …

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Frank Curran: 4 critical success factors for payment by results schemes

00000In this latest in a series of short video interviews on payment by results, Frank Curran, owner of SP Solutions and PbR expert, says PbR can be done well – or badly .   Frank’s four key criteria for a successful PbR scheme are: A focus on the primary desired outcome. Providers must be rewarded for taking the risk that PbR entails. Providers must have say over how the service is operated and be encouraged to …

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The Howard League asks whether we have the right outcomes for re-offending payment by results schemes

00000In this latest in a series of short video interviews on payment by results, Andrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns at the Howard League for Penal Reform, gives his views on PbR in the criminal justice system. Andrew welcomes the focus on outcomes that PbR brings but wonders whether the current pilots are really about payment by results. He cautions that the road to desistance from crime can be slow and that a simple binary measure of …

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Payment by results – Gangnam style

00000Thinking that 300 million people worldwide can’t be wrong, I decided I had to watch the Gangnam style video which has spread the fashion for Korean pop music all over the planet. Watching the video got me thinking about how fashionable payment by results has become at the moment. PbR is cool There is plenty of evidence to say that payment by results is the height of fashion: The popularity of PbR within government appears …

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Ryan Campbell from RAPt on hidden costs of payment by results

00000In this latest in a series of short video interviews on payment by results, Ryan Campbell from RAPt gives his views on PbR and drug recovery. Ryan is open-minded about payment by results. However he  cautions that PbR schemes must achieve much better outcomes to compensate for their sizeable hidden costs inherent in the new approach.       Do you think we have failed to factor in the cost to commissioners and providers of PbR …

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